Field Services

Field Services Division

The Field Services Bureau is the largest bureau of this Department.  It consists of the Uniform Patrol Division, K-9 Division, Motorcycle Division, DWI Task Force and the Community Police Division.  Communication Officers also fall under the command of this bureau.

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division is the largest division of our department. Its main function is to provide all law enforcement patrol and related duties to the citizens of Alexandria 24 hours per day, seven days per week. 

Duties Include but are not limited to:

  • Protection of life and property; enforcement of all laws and ordinances; preservation of the peace and public order; identification of criminal offenders and criminal activity; apprehension of offenders; and general traffic services.

K-9 Division

The Department’s Canine Unit is a valuable resource utilized by APD personnel. A canine team consists of an on-duty canine police officer and his highly trained and assigned department canine.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Narcotic detection
  • Building and area search
  • Article and vehicular search
  • Tracking

DWI Task Force

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To increase enforcement of DWI laws and send a message to motorists who drink and drive, the Alexandria Police Department launched the DWI Enforcement Team in August 1998. As a dedicated DWI enforcement unit, the Task Force is able to concentrate its patrol efforts on apprehending drunk drivers. 

The working relationship between regular patrol and the DWI Task Force increases the efficiency of the Department as a whole in removing drunk drivers from our roads. At the same time, regular patrol officers who make DWI arrests are able to turn suspects over to the Task Force for processing through the system, allowing them to resume patrol duties and apprehend other DWI offenders. As a result, arrests have increased.

Traffic Division

The Traffic Division is a separate support unit from the patrol division and conducts traffic safety related duties and responsibilities. The primary duty of the Traffic Division is the enforcement of traffic laws with the goals of reducing traffic collisions, resulting injuries, and facilitating safe flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Traffic Crash Investigation
  • Speed, child safety seat, DWI and traffic lights and stop signs enforcement

Community Policing Division

The entire Alexandria Police Department strongly embraces and practices the philosophy of community policing in all its daily operations and functions. Community policing is a partnership between the police and the community whereby they share responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety.

Motorcycle Division

The Department’s Motor Units officers are highly trained and skilled additions to our Traffic Division. Among the day to day traffic safety duties APD’s Motor Units are often called on to conduct police escorts and community events. Our Motor Officers train rigorously to provide safe and efficient traffic policing services to our community.